(Closed) Wedding photo disappointment – advice pls!

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I’m so sorry and considering there were 3 photographers that is just SO bizzare!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I had some dissapointment with my professional photos too.  Very, very few pics of guests, some moments missed (me/ maid of honor walking down the aisle- ouch) BUT the moments that were captured are beautiful and artistic.  After a few weeks I was able to appreciate what I did have and the “missing” moments weren’t such a big deal.

 

I did get some of those missing shots from the guests… so be sure to ask if anyone has pictures.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Sorry to hear this.  Focus on the great quality of the shots you got, and hit up friends and family for their candids. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would ask him…maybe he does have some but felt they weren’t as good quality as the others, and so didn’t post them. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

((Hugs)) Sadly this is one of the things that needs to come out in a meeting with your photographer. Explaining how important detail shots of diy, cocktail hour, and photographing guests may be very obvious to all of us but really needs to be spelled out. I’m sorry (hugs), I’m sure your pictures are beautiful.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

Agree with @jjmomma.  The few guest pics our photographer took were unposed & totally unflattering – people’s mouths open mid-conversation kind of thing.  Luckily our friends brought cameras and were able to give us some of their pics.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

Also depends on your crowd too, I like to get table shots, but this private party I covered a few weeks ago had a very blah crowd.  Every guest I went to take a picture of put their hands up and was like “no thanks.”

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@USER876: I’ve had similiar experiences. Last wedding I shot, the MOB was so camera shy, she literally avoided me at all costs, it was weird. I actually think she didn’t give a toast because she knew she’d be photographed. So. weird.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Mrs.Mittens: So sad too. People don’t realize these events are the highlights of life. Why not have your picture taken with your son/ daughter? You never know how short life may be.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Jaxx317: I’m so sorry! With 3 photographers there’s really no excuse for that. It sounds like what you wanted was someone with a photojournalistic perspective but hired a portrait heavy photographer. I disagree with a PP that it’s something that needs to spelled out for the photographers. With THREE shooters there, there is no excuse for not getting detail/guests shots. My advice is to contact the photographer and bring this up with them and get an explanation for the missing cocktail hour and the fact that there aren’t many guest photos.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Sorry..that sucks. At least the shots you did get were reat. Why dont you contact some of your guests, im sure they took pics of the other guests and cocktail area. They wont be pro quality, but at least you will have them

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I had a similar experience. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do. I had friends provide me with some pictures; and actually re-created some of the details (or found leftover ones) and took my own pictures of them. Not quite the same, but it’s something!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Jaxx317:Aw I’m so sorry you have to deal with this, but at least the ones you have are beautiful! And it sounds like you had an amazing wedding, so that’s great! And for what it’s worth, your negative experience has helped me because I will definitely be very specific with my photographer now…

But now onto how you can deal with it.

1) Talk to your photographer. Convey your disappointment (nicely because it’s not like he can go back and fix it) and see if he has any other pictures on file.

2. Talk to your guests… I’m sure someone has pics from your wedding

3. Frame what’s left of the beautiful photos you do have and move on.

Good luck!

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